Who is Shaytan? The Christians call him Satan; to Muslims, he’s called Shaytaan. He’s first introduced to people at the narrative of Adam and Eve and even though the Christian and Islamic traditions have much in common that there are certain definite differences.
The story of Adam and Eve is well-known and also an in depth account of this Islamic version is seen on this site. Both the Quran and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, in no way signify that Satan came to Adam and Eve in the kind of a snake or serpent. Nor do they signify that Eve was the poorer of those that tempted Adam to disobey God. The stark reality was that Adam and Eve had no experience of this whispering and ploys of Satan and their relations with him stay a crucial lesson for all of the humanity.
Satan became envious of Adam and refused to comply with the command of God to prostrate before him. God informs us in the Quran:
“The Angels prostrated themselves all of them together. Except Satan, he refused to be among those who prostrated themselves. God said: ‘O Satan! What is your reason for not being among those who prostrate? ‘Satan said: ‘I am not the one to prostrate myself to a human being, whom You created from sounding clay of altered black smooth mud.’ God said: ‘Then get out from Here for verily you are an accursed one. Verily the curse shall be upon you till the Day of Resurrection.’” (Quran 15:30-35)
Satan was arrogant then, and he’s arrogant now. His vow from that moment on was to misguide and fool Adam, Eve and their descendants. When he had been expelled from Paradise, Satan chose to God that when he’d be kept alive before the Day of Judgment, he’d work his extreme to deceive humanity. Satan is crafty and cunning, but finally, understands the flaws of human beings; he recognizes their loves and wants and uses all manner of tips and deception to direct them away from the path of righteousness. He began to earn sin appealing to humanity and enticed them with bad things and immoral actions.
“Now, indeed, Iblees (Satan) did prove that his opinion of them had been right: for [when he called them,] they followed him – all but some of the believers [among them].” (Quran 34:20)
In Arabic, the term Shaytaan could refer to some arrogant or insolent animal, and it’s applied to this specific monster due to his insolence and rebellion towards God. Satan (Shaytaan) is a jinn, a monster who can think, reason and has free will. He’s filled with grief because he knows the entire importance of being denied God’s mercy. Satan has pledged to not occupy the depths of Hell alone; his desire is to shoot as many individual beings as he could.
“Satan said: “See this one whom You have honoured above me, if You keep me alive to the Day of Resurrection, I shall most certainly cause his descendants-all but a few-to obey me blindly (Quran17:62)
God warns us against the enmity of Satan through the Quran. He can deceive, misguide and deceive people effortlessly. He’s in a position to make sin look like a gateway into Paradise, and unless every man or woman is careful, they are easily misleading.
“O children of Adam. Let not Satan deceive you.” (Quran 7:27)
“Surely Satan is an enemy to you so take him as an enemy.” (Quran 35:6)
“And whoever takes Satan as a protector or helper instead of God, has surely suffered a manifest loss.” (Quran4:119)
As mentioned, the ultimate goal of Satan will be to lead people away from Paradise, but he has short term objectives. He attempts to direct people into idolatry and polytheism. It’s right to say that every act of disobedience that’s despised by God is adored by Satan, he enjoys immorality and sin. He whispers in the ears of their believers, he disrupts the prayer and remembrance of God and fills our heads with insignificant matters. Ibn ul Qayyim explained, “Among his plots is he constantly bewitches people’s heads until they are fooled, he makes appealing to the brain what will damage it.”
Should you invest riches in charity you will wind up bad he states, migrating for the sake of God will result in solitude, ” he whispers. Satan sows enmity between the individuals, instills doubt in people’s heads and causes rifts between wife and husband. He’s got extensive knowledge within the specialty of deception. He’s got hints and temptations, his words are eloquent and enticing, and he’s troops of helpers both humankind and jinn. Although, as we discussed in the previous article, there are believers among the jinn, however, the huge majority are mischief makers or wicked doers. They operate willingly and happily using Satan to frighten, trick and finally ruin the true believers in God.